Patience; have you got it?

Written by ·Fatimah M·

وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ
“And hasten towards forgiveness from your Lord, and to Jannah as vast as are the heavens and the earth; prepared for Al-muttaqun.” [Q3:133]

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

“Those who spend (benevolently) in prosperity as well as in adversity, and those who swallow (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of good (to others). [Q3:134]

Importance of patience;

“Patience is a virtue”, a common phrase. But how common is this virtue? How common is patience? Clearly, not very common.

Allah asks us to run, to hasten towards forgiveness, towards jannah and Allah compares the expanse of jannah to that of the heavens and the earth together and He-mighty and exalted is He- says, all this is prepared for ‘Al-muttaqun’.

Further more, He describes the qualities of these people. They are those who spend out of their wealth, time, enetgy and all provisions, when it is easy and when it is difficult. Those who SWALLOW THEIR ANGER and PARDON MEN, and Allah emphasizes the goodness in this, “Allah loves al-muhsinin(those who excel in the religion).”

What is patience?

According to Ibn Qayyim, “the original meaning of this word is: “to prevent and to subdue or arrest.” Thus, Sabr means to restrain the soul from worry, control the tongue from complaining and restrain parts of the body from striking the face, tearing the clothes and so on.”

Patience in the Qur’an;
وَاصْبِرْ نَفْسَكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُم
“Restrain yourself with those who call upon their Lord.” [Q18:28]
فَصَبْرٌ جَمِيلٌ
“So, beautiful endurance is most becoming.” [Q12:18]َ

…on patience;
Al-Junayd bin Muhammad was asked about it and his answer was that it was: “to swallow bitterness without showing any sign of a frown.”

Abu ‘Uthman explained the word as-sabbaar as; “a person who has trained himself to meet any adversity.”

Its important to note that Allah says *swallow anger*, food for thought.

A glimpse of this virtue, patience. Have you got it?

Standing like a tree

Written by ·Fatima Modibbo·

From the earth
mother nature bore me

A simple seed
I knew no need

Rain befell me
Showers quenched me
Sunlight brightened every part of my being
I went slowly
I grew steadily
In the safe depths of warmth I bloomed

I knew no pain, nothing ailed me all I knew was the beautiful light of day Then I broke the surface
The world claimed me
Gone were the days of yesterday

In a sea of giants
I struggled In the depth of darkness! I drowned
Couldn’t wait to get here
Now I’m stranded

All alone standing like a tree
Harsh winds buffet me
I stand strong I’ve never been one to break

Hope surrounds me
Peace is within

I’m going to find my saving grace,

After struggle, there is fulfillment
After sadness, there is reprieve
After sorrow, there is solace

I’m going to sand tall and strong like a tree
By His showers, I shall grow stronger
By His mercy I’ll continue to breathe
By His grace I will strive harder

I’ll fight for what i believe When dealt a heavy hand, I shall take heart
When knocked to my knees I’ll pray
By His remembrance I’ll hold firmly the rope to my faith

From a seedling to a tree
From cradle to grave

Our one sustenance is the Holy

He brings forth from the night a blessed day
When sadness threatens to hold me He shimes on me from the light, a ray Through everything, through the blackest days, I’ll stand firmly

By His majesty’s grace I’ll stand tall and ever humble

I’ll stand like a patient tree…

It’s time; to let the past pass.

For how long will you continue to hold on to the past? The experiences that once caused you pain? For how long will you continue to hold on to those memories that exhaust your strength, leave you pale and deprive you of hope.

It’s time to let the past pass.

The rope of our lives are made of experience, some may hurt and others may hurt aswell. But, what choice do we have but to hold on and pull ourselves up? And like it is said about the altitude, the higher you go, the cooler it becomes

We often recall for every gain, there is pain. But,it is true also that, beneath every dark cloud, there is a silver lining and with every storm comes a shower of blessing.

“The darkest hour is followed by the dawn.” {Khaleed Ibn Waleed}

Let go! Release the contraction that has restrained your heart from the light of a new day.

“Don’t despair over the events of the past-for none of the events of the dunya were ever meant to remain.” {Imam Shafi’i}

Take from your experiences lessons, and let the past…pass.

وَاذْكُر رَّبَّكَ إِذَا نَسِيتَ وَقُلْ عَسَىٰ أَن يَهْدِيَنِ رَبِّي لِأَقْرَبَ مِنْ هَٰذَا رَشَدًا

“and remember your Lord when you forget and say: Maybe my Lord will guide me to a nearer course to the right than this.” [Q18:24]

O sister, it’s time; to let the past…pass.

With lots of love,